SHANG­HAI, FIVE WAYS

What’s new in China’s spec­tac­u­lar hit-list city

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A whole clus­ter of fu­tur­is­tic new ho­tels has shaken up the Pudong sky­line in Shang­hai, with each an­gling to shed its own spot­light on the city. First up is the Bul­gari

Ho­tel Shang­hai ( dou­bles from AED 1,830; 0086-21-3606 7788, bul­gar­i­ho­tels.com), which de­buted in June, min­utes

from the his­toric Bund water­front. In an ar­chi­tec­tural co­nun­drum as com­plex as any Chi­nese puz­zle, it com­bines a 48-floor shim­mer­ing tower with the ren­o­vated Cham­ber of Com­merce, which was first com­pleted in 1916. It’s

old-meets-new straight from a text­book.

Strik­ing the same back-to-the-fu­ture vibe are two other debu­tants. Capella Shang­hai, Jian Ye Li ( dou­bles from AED 1,635; 0086-21-5466 6688, capel­la­ho­tels.com) is a trib­ute to the city’s Thir­ties-era shiku­men ar­chi­tec­ture, fea­tur­ing 22 rows of the Franco-Chi­nese court­yard houses, while Amanyangyun ( dou­bles from AED 2,690; 0086-21-8011 9999,

aman.com) is the lat­est from uber-luxe hote­lier Aman. With jaw-drop­ping sus­tain­able am­bi­tion, the out­post is a col­lec­tion of 26 Ming and Qing dy­nasty houses re­lo­cated from a Jiangxi vil­lage 900km away af­ter it was

threat­ened with reser­voir con­struc­tion.

The city also wel­comes the first blinged-out Bel­la­gio ho­tel out­side of North Amer­ica ( dou­bles from AED 1,130; 008621-3680 6666, bel­la­gioshang­hai.com). Don’t ex­pect glam­orous high-roller ta­bles; do ex­pect kaiseki din­ing, a sky-high spa and a rooftop view that even an In­sta­gram fil­ter can’t im­prove. The most re­cent ad­di­tion is The Shang­hai EDI­TION ( dou­bles from AED 790; 0086-21-5368 9999, edi­tion­ho­tels.com/shang­hai), launched last month in what was pre­vi­ously the Twen­tiesera Shang­hai Power Com­pany on Nan­jing Road. The Art Deco build­ing con­tains an ul­tra-modern space with nine restau­rants (three Ja­son Ather­ton-led) and – no sur­prise from Ian Schrager – a night­club called Elec­tric Cir­cus, mak­ing it a

con­tender to be the city’s most hap­pen­ing new spot.

Clock­wise from top left: Bul­gari Ho­tel Shang­hai; Amanyangyun;Bel­la­gio Shang­hai

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